audio interview with Billy McEwan from BBC Radio Nottingham here
McEwan disappointed after first defeat of season
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STAGS manager Billy McEwan refused to blame keeper Paddy Gamble after Mansfield Town's unbeaten start to the season was undeservedly halted at Barrow on Saturday.
The Stags went down 2-1 to a late winner from a corner, which keeper Gamble - on loan from Nottingham Forest - failed to clear.
But McEwan said after the defeat - where the Stags had led and then dominated the second half: "He is only a young kid, he has done well for us in general. Everyone makes mistakes, so long as you learn from them I have no problem with Paddy."
McEwan, who had seen his side win their previous two home matches after a draw at Ebbsfleet on the opening day of the season, was critical of referee Roger West though.
On half-time he waved away loud penalty appeals for the Stags when striker Mark Stallard was clearly tugged back inside the area.
McEwan said: "It was the defining moment in the game for me. It was a blatant penalty, it was unbelieveable for it not to be given.
"The referee said he was unsighted, but everyone in the ground was shouting for a penalty and all the players assumed it was a penalty."
McEwan told Chad: "It is very disappointing to come away with nothing when we looked good for a point.
"It is a hard ground to come to, but we had enough chances in the second half to win the match.
"But we are a good team, we will learn from this and bounce back.
"They put us under pressure and we dealt quite well, but it was not to be. We did quite well at times, but to come away having lost after being so near to at least a point is disappointing.
"We told players that Barrow are all about long plays, but we got punished . . . they do what they do well, fair credit to them. It is a difficult ground to come to, but we had enough chances to win the game.
"We carved them open at times, but just couldn't put the ball into the net to kill them off."
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